Halloween House Decorating Contest


  • The deadline to register your house is 4pm on October 24, 2023
  • Judging will take place the evenings of October 25th and 26th between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Judges will be looking at the decorations only and their overall creativity, special effects, lighting, theme, etc.
  • Awards will be announced for the following categories: Most Spooktacular, Most Lights, Best Use of Technology and Mayor's Choice. Each winner will receive Gift Certificates to Downtown OCNJ and a yard sign.
  • A First Place winner will be announced in the Ocean City Business Division. The first place winner will receive a free membership to the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce or if they are already members they will receive free email blasts.  
  • An overall best decorated house entry for Ocean City will be named. This grand prize winner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate for Downtown OCNJ and prize package from Ocean City, NJ and the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • Decorations cannot cover/interfere with any fire safety equipment or walkways.
  • Please keep decorations spooky but appropriate for American’s Greatest Family Resort.
  • Decorations/Display must be viewable from the street.
  • Individual floor owners of Triplexes/Duplexes may partner together or each floor can do their entry.
  • Entries cannot be made up of multiple neighbor structures or homes.
  • All participating houses will be listed at www.ocnj.us/halloweencontest so residents and visitors can tour the island and view the entries.
  • Winners will be announced by Noon on Friday, October 27th via www.ocnj.us and social media.
  • City representatives will drop off yard signs for winners to display on their property.
  • Participants give permission for their home to be photographed and their address to be listed on Ocean City, NJ social media outlets and official websites.
  • Participants agree to hold harmless the City of Ocean City for any incidents or accidents that may occur, directly or indirectly, as a result of the Halloween House Decorating Contest.
  • Participants understand that the decision of the judges is final.
  • Questions? Please contact the Community Services Department at events@ocnj.us or 609-399-6111